The Relationship Between Depression & Anxiety

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A match made in heaven.

From all the people I’ve spoken to about mental health since I started Little Thoughts, it seems that in many cases if you’ve got depression you’re blessed with the joys of anxiety too. And vice versa. So the question I ask is, do they cause each other?

From my own experience, anxiety became a real problem for me once depression was in full swing. Upon my first panic attack I had no idea what was happening, and it wasn’t until I looked back on the situation that I realised that that’s what it was. You may have read about this situation in my post about antidepressants, but if not, the gist of it is basically that the way I was feeling during a particularly bad depressive episode caused an almighty panic attack. I didn’t know how I was going to control my thoughts and couldn’t see a way out, which caused me to frantically panic about whether I’d be able to get through it. After that, whenever I felt the wrath of depression hit again I would panic that the situation would be the same as that night. This then meant that whenever I was feeling low, I’d become incredibly anxious too. I didn’t want to be in that situation again.

It works the other way, too. Anxiety is incredibly draining and a low mood is inevitable. After a few months of experiencing this, I ended up expecting these situations to arise because I know that being anxious is going to cause feelings of depression, and that feelings of depression are going to cause anxiety. I associate one with the other and end up anxious about getting anxious. Nowadays, this is my main problem. I’ve learnt to control my thoughts and feelings better now, and I don’t suffer from anxiety as badly in situations that I would have done a year ago. My main concern now is anxiety about anxiety. When I’m out or away from home, one of the first things that comes into my mind is what if I get anxious? What if I have a panic attack and I can’t go home? Then I start getting anxious about whether I’m going to get anxious.

What do you think? Are depression and anxiety products of each other? Do you get anxious about getting anxious? I’d love to hear other people’s views and experiences with this!

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4 Comments

  1. August 14, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    This post was interesting and really had me thinking a lot.
    I have had a history of depression and as I reflect on it there was a wide range of anxiety that would follow my depression in which led to self harm.
    Getting anxious about getting anxious is something I feel I went through various times in the past. I don’t like crying in front of people, so the fact that I would tear up in class for no reason at all resulted in me experiencing ” getting anxious about getting anxious” in class or around people.
    I am in university and doing so much better now, that’s why I find it refreshing to read post like these so that people are aware and can reflect on the topic as well 🙂

    Well Written!
    Long comment.. oops haha

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  2. Nicole
    August 14, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    This post was very interesting. I suffer from both depression, anxiety and OCD and personally for me anxiety, caused OCD which caused depression. Lots of mental illnesses are closely linked due to the nature of them unfortunately xx

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  3. August 14, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I think they both definitely come hand in hand. It’s hard for me to know the difference sometimes. I can’t even pin point which came first. (this made me think about the whole chicken and the egg situation haha) but geuinely, that’s what it’s like! Thanks for sharing an interesting post xx

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  4. August 16, 2016 / 3:12 am

    LOVED this connection. Yes, I believe you are right in saying that they feed off of each other– anxiety does leave me low of mood and morale as well as helping me feel out of control, which in turn contributes to feelings of worthlessness/hopelessness and my depressive episodes.. now we just need to find a cure, right?? love this post. Thank you for sharing! xX

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